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St Paul United 

Church of Christ

Rev. Barry Bordenkircher, Sr. Minister


A son of Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Akron, Barry is a graduate of the University of Akron (BA-Psychology cum laude) and the Methodist Theological School of Ohio (M. Div), as well as Clinical Pastoral Education (Akron General Medical Center). He was certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (one of the most influential human personality assessments in use around the world) in 1995; and in 2004 completed consultant training with Bill Easum in his “Complete Ministry Audit, as well as church growth/new church start training from the Church Multiplication Training Center in Indianapolis and Project 6:15 in Columbus. For the Ohio Conference UCC, Barry has served as a trainer in using MissionInsite demographic studies. In 2014 he completed Keith Webb’s level one training in Webb’s internationally-acclaimed COACH model.


After 23+ years of ministry serving two churches in the UCC’s Northwest Ohio Association, Barry “returned home” to the Eastern Ohio Association to serve as Intentional Interim Pastor of Richville UCC from 2010-2102, and Senior Pastor of Suffield UCC from 2012 to 2015. Counting congregations he served as a student pastor, he has served in almost every type of ministry setting over the years: rural, small town, suburban and urban churches (eight churches in all, three as Interim Pastor). From 1999 to 2005 (while serving Community UCC, Tiffin) he was a member of the Northwest Ohio Association staff, with the title of Minister for Nurture & Development.

Barry has served the wider church in many ways: Association Moderator, Association Council, District Dean, NWOA Church Development Team, two-time Instructor in the NWOA Lay School of Religion (Christian Ethics, Worship), Department for Church & Education, and member of the Ohio Conference Church Development Committee. He has also served as summer camp staff for over 17 years, in every role from cabin counselor, teaching staff, to co-director. He has served as Youth Task Force Coordinator, Mentor for lay ministers, and several times as a General Synod delegate.


Barry was born and raised in Akron, Ohio, where most of his family

still resides. He is the oldest of four siblings (two brothers with a sister in the middle). His mother is still and active member at Emmanuel UCC, where Barry was confirmed at age 13, and then ordained in 1987. His father passed away after a valiant 6-year battle with Alzheimer Disease in 2012. Barry has one son, Stephen, who is a senior (majoring in Social Work) at Bowling Green State University—and who has proudly served playing euphonium and sousaphone in the BGSU Falcon Marching Band for four years! 

In 2012, Barry was married to his wife, Cheryl,

who worked as a supervisor for Stark County Job and Family

Services in Canton. She has since retired from JFS, but has resumed her work as a licensed Realtor. Cheryl has one daughter, and four grandchildren, all in Canton. Their blended family loves each other and gets along well, and always looked forward to times spent together!

Barry is an avid golfer, fisherman, and amateur astronomer, in his spare time. He owns three telescopes: an 8" Dobsonian reflector (homemade), a 4" Televue refractor, and a 10" Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain

4-inch Televue refractor like mine

10-inch Meade SCT